Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 

The goal of this site is to provide all parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up-to-date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


SCHOOL NEWS

TALENT SHOW:
 
WoES PTA Talent Showcase “Watch Party” will be held on Friday, March 12, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm (details to come)... We are excited to bring the Worthington PTA Talent Showcase to you this year. The tradition will continue, seeing and celebrating all the wonderful talents of our fabulous students! With the virtual setting, a few things will be different, but we know the joy and spirit of the event will be ever-present! If you are interested, complete this REGISTRATION LINK by Friday, January 15th:

2021 RULES:
* Performance length is limited to two minutes exactly or less, NO exceptions!
* Students can only be in ONE act/performance.
* All acts must be appropriate for school. The committee reserves the right to decline acts with any material that goes against the school’s code of conduct.
* Students must be 2nd-5th graders.
* Registration will close when the maximum number of acts has been met (30), or, at the end of the deadline date (1/15), whichever comes first.
* Information from your registration will be used to create the program. Please check spelling of names and other information before hitting submit.
* If you are in a group performance, please only register once, including all the names in the group. Please note, for health reasons, if group members are outside each other’s family, performers must wear masks and physical distancing must occur during the act.
* Record act and upload the video to a website by March 1st (a link will be provided to those who are registered). 
* A live watch party will occur on Friday, March 12th at 6:30 pm (details to come). A link to the “show” will be given to all participating families to view any time (please do not share this link publicly). 

Please reach out, by emailing worthingtontalentshow@gmail.com  if you have any questions. We are looking forward to celebrating all the wonderful talent at Worthington!

SECRET SHOPPE DONATIONS: 
Secret Shoppe took a hiatus this year, but it is a year-round endeavor collecting items preparing for our special holiday event where children can buy surprise gifts for parents. WoES PTA Secret Shoppe is collecting gift bag and wrapping paper donations for next year, anticipating next year will be “normal” again. There will be a donation box in the lobby of the main entrance to WOES for the rest of January, or contact woesecretshoppe@gmail.com for a pickup, and
your contributions will be greatly appreciated

SPIRIT DAY FRIDAYS: 
Attention WoES students and families! Every FIRST and THIRD Friday of the 
month, there will be a NEW spirit day to celebrate! Please be on the lookout for additional information regarding sharing your spirit day pictures with us and input on spirit days in the future! If you have a fun spirit day idea, please share your AWESOME ideas through this survey.

VIRTUAL LEARNING:  The HoCo Board of Education voted to continue the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) in a virtual instructional model through the Third Academic Quarter, which ends April 14, 2021. The virtual instruction model provides students with, on average, 3 hours of synchronous learning with their teachers four days each week. The remaining instructional time is designated for students to complete asynchronous learning activities and assignments. 2020-2021 Virtual Instruction Schedules


CONTACTLESS MEDIA CENTER:  The Media Center offers Contactless Circulation. All details can be found in this Google Form Link. If you still have a Media Book at home, you may drop it off at school. The book bin will now be right inside the front door (in the vestibule) from 8-4pm everyday.

RELATED ARTS:
 The Related Arts team will be adjusting due dates for asynchronous assignments so that they will be more spread out over the course of the 5 week Related Arts cycle. This will ensure that asynchronous assignments will appear in students’ “To-Do” lists closer to the actual dates that the assignments should be completed. Look for more information in announcements from Related Arts teachers in the coming weeks.

NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR: 
The Committee for Children has put together a video series called Winter Well-Being for FamiliesIt is an 8-week series (which started last week) that runs until the end of January. The videos are posted every Monday. The most recent edition of the Elementary School Counseling Newsletter is available to view: The School Counseling Connection Newsletter. This month’s edition features information on Cyberbullying Prevention, fun read-alouds to enjoy with your child, and coping skills to support student well-being. Please reach out to Julia Southern if you need additional support or visit her canvas page.

FREE & REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM:  HCPSS will provide meals at NO COST to any HCPSS student and all children under 18 through the entire school year, assuming continued availability of USDA funding. Click here to learn more or to applyNOTE:  The free Grab-N-Go summer meals program has been extended through the end of the 2020-2021 school year

FACE TO FACE GROUPS:
 
In the coming weeks, HCPSS will begin providing face-to-face support to small groups of students. Identified students and staff have been invited to complete an interest 
survey. If you did not receive a survey, it is because your child has not yet been identified for in-person support. For more information, click link on HCPSS In-Person Support initiative or reach out to Ann Scholz from the Office of Special Education Compliance, Non-Public Services, and Family Support.

WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4570+Roundhill+Rd,+Ellicott+City,+MD+21043/@39.244847,-76.795252,12z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c81fc6e3ce9b11:0x829c12b3cc4d16aa!8m2!3d39.2448833!4d-76.7952623?hl=en-US
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 12th 6:30PM-7:30PM
Location: Zoom Meeting

AGENDA: Meeting agenda is posted via Google Doc.
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83550825177?pwd=dTd3MURrWmMwNzIwaEMwdVJYYWdsZz09

Time: 6:30 PM
Meeting ID: 835 5082 5177
Passcode: woespta

Dial by your location...+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Meeting ID: 835 5082 5177

Passcode: 5960519


[remember: you can use your child’s chromebook if you “join with browser”]


ATTENDANCE: 
Active student participation is the key to student achievement, both in the classroom
and during distance learning. Teachers will design engaging lessons and activities, both for virtual live classes and online assignments. Regular participation is essential for student growth, and students are expected to engage in learning activities every week. Student attendance for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday instruction will occur as follows 

● At the elementary level, both the Homeroom teacher and Mathematics teacher will take attendance, noting whether students were present online for synchronous instruction.
● Daily attendance will be based on teacher-recorded attendance for the entire school day.
● If there is a technical difficulty, a student may submit asynchronous work for a particular day to receive credit for attendance. 

Student attendance for Wednesday instruction will occur as follows:
● A student will be counted as present if they do one or more of the following since the previous Wednesday:
○ Submit an assignment to one of their teachers
○ Engage in synchronous instruction with an HCPSS teacher
○ Complete work in the Canvas learning management system, DreamBox
or Lexia Core5

If your child is absent, please send a note explaining the absence to this email address: WOESABSENCE@hcpss.org. All absences will be considered unexcused without a note/email explanation. Please contact Iris Feinberg at iris_feinberg@hcpss.org or Donna Thorn at donna_thorn@hcpss.org if you have any questions.


  

Please contact WoES' School Nurse at 410-313-2575.

IMMUNIZATION NOTICE: You may have received a letter or phone call from the health room regarding your child's immunizations. The HoCo Health Department is holding immunization clinics for students who do not have insurance or have Medical Assistance. The clinics are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays and are free of cost. You can make an appointment by calling 410-313-7500. When school resumes, children who have missing vaccines will not be able to attend school until they are up to date with their vaccines. An email will be sent next week to parents of students still requiring immunizations. Please contact Suzanne Wingard RN, school nurse, with any questions. Email: suzanne_wingard@hcpss.org

PTA NEWS
PTA FUNDING:
PTA memberships also support our parents organizations, while direct donations stay local to WoES. If you want to have the most direct impact on WoES PTA, we recommend the direct donation through our website.


HCPSS NEWS
2020/2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Please ensure you have the latest calendar updates. The 2020-2021 school calendar was modified, making Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the first student day and with school staff returning on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Spring break will be shortened to April 2–6, 2021, and the last scheduled day of school is June 15, 2021 with possible inclement weather days after that date. 

HCPSS SCHOOL MESSENGER/CANVAS/SYNERGY REPORTING FORMS: If you are having issues receiving HCPSS district/school emails and/or text messaging please use this new form for reporting your issues regarding emails/text messages not being delivered. If you are experiencing issues with Canvas/Synergy messages, please complete this form. 

SCHOOL DIRECTORY INFORMATION: Parents/guardians who have completed their Family File can now access their school directory in HCPSS Connect. The directory will display only the information that parents select when completing Family File. The directory will update daily as families complete Family File or change their information. To access the directory for your school, log in to HCPSS Connect and select Family File/School Directory in the left menu, and then School Directory. Information in the directory is for personal use only and may not be distributed, sold or shared in any way. Parents who do not wish to be included in the directory should update their Family File permissions.

REPORT CARDS: HCPSS has a new-style learning behavior report card. Furthermore, HCPSS has aligned the elementary interim progress report for first quarter and students and parents will see the new learning behaviors on progress reports as well as report cards. Please refer to this website while reading the progress report and/or report card:  https://www.hcpss.org/academics/learning-behaviors/


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LOCAL BUSINESSES
Do you own or work for a local business? The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details.

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